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UK government backs £100m RET commitment from ‘big four’

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has launched a new era for responsible gambling as the UK’s four leading operators have pledged to spend £100 million on improving treatment support services. The £100 million funding, which is backed by bet365, Flutter Entertainment, GVC Holdings and William Hill, will be issued to GambleAware who will be the main commissioning agent for …

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BGC backs UK furlough extension as vital support 

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has backed the government continuing its UK furlough scheme until October, branding it a much needed measure to help support around 64,000 of the industry’s workforce. Yesterday, Chancellor Rishi Sunak pledged that the government would continue its business relief measures, in which a furlough scheme has been established to pay ‘80% of wages up …

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Gambling Commission toughens lockdown guidance

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has issued new guidance and measures which aim to further protect consumers during lockdown. The Commission said that tighter measures were needed, as new evidence revealed that certain gamblers may be at risk of greater harm during the lockdown period. Protecting the most vulnerable, the UKGC has made it clear that operators must carry out …

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Michael Dugher: BGC is working hard to reassure public and improve safer gambling

Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) CEO Michael Dugher has emphasised that BGC members are rolling out new measures to reduce any concerns that gambling ‘prohibitionists’ may have during the ongoing pandemic. Writing on PoliticsHome, Dugher recognised that there were concerns over an increase in gambling levels during the lock down, but reiterated that the BGC members had taken a series …

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SBC Digital Summit: Measured approaches ‘need to be based on evidence’

With this week’s announcement by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) that it has agreed to voluntarily remove all gaming product advertising on TV and radio during the COVID-19 lockdown, the subject of safer gambling is hot on the thoughts of people in the industry. Speaking at the SBC Digital Summit, Andy Danson, partner at Bird and Bird, and a panel …

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BGC backs new action plan to quell DCMS concerns

Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has replied to UK Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston stating that UK gambling is committed to maintaining the highest operating standards. On Tuesday, Huddleston had penned a letter on behalf of DCMS to the leadership of the UK’s top five betting operators urging ‘further proactive steps’ to ensure gambling consumer …

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DCMS demands further ‘proactive steps’ to protect punters during lockdown

The government has urged UK gambling operators to ramp up its protection measures during the COVID-19 lockdown in a bid to mitigate what it has described as a “heightened risk of problem gambling”. In a letter to five chief executives of the largest gambling companies, the sports minister Nigel Huddleston (DCMS) has emphasised that “messages warning of risks and signposting …

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Bacta celebrates fundraising work of its Charitable Trust with Parliament reception

Amusement industry trading body bacta has celebrated the work of its Charitable Trust with a Parliamentary Reception, after it has raised over £3.5m since its establishment in 1991. The event commemorated the Trust’s fundraising capabilities, following the recent expansion to its scope of charities supported to include Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Teenage Cancer Trust, The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and …

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